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Live Bugs On Order…

March 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

As we flew towards Houston this morning, something in the seat beneath me went “CRASPROIOIOING!!”

That’s right. “CRASPROIOIOING!!”

One of the tensioning springs that holds the left thigh support in the position the pilot sets on a knob on the side of the seat had come loose from its attachment point. The thigh support went completely flaccid, causing me to lean slightly to the left as I sat squarely in my seat. For me, leaning left is an extremely rare event, as I’m typically a right leaning individual.

I got busy typing a message to our good maintenance techs in Houston on our aircraft’s ACARS system. ACARS stands for Aircraft Communication Addressing and Reporting System. Basically, it allows us to send and receive short messages with various flight-operations related departments of our Company. Messages are typed using the keypad on the control head of the FMC (pictured in the previous post). At least, that’s part of the job of the ACARS system, anyway.

Typically, when we report a maintenance issue to our Company, we include the reason for the message. Being airline pilots who are ever-wary of the FAA misinterpreting our communications with the Company’s mechanics, we are most often quite vague with these sorts of messages. We prefer to speak more openly with the mechanics when they’re standing in the cockpit with us. So rather than type out “FIRST OFFICERS SEAT BROKEN” (we don’t have the ability to punctuate), I typed: “MINOR ISSUE WITH FLIGHT DECK EQUIPMENT.

Not expecting a response (we never get a response from maintenance…they just sort of show up at the jetway), we were surprised to hear the ACARS system give us the familiar DING-DONG that indicates an incoming message. The message read: “WILL SEND ADULT TO DEAL WITH IT.

Captain Mike and I had a good laugh at that.

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  • 1 Jeannen // Mar 10, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    lol – it’s good for you to lean to the left every once in a while.

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